Ivan ANGUELOV  Conductor


Guest performances have been taking the - to quote the press : "European-wide recognised specialist for the Italian repertory" - to such renowned opera houses as the Bavarian State Opera Munich, the German Opera Berlin, the Semper Opera Dresden, the Hamburg State Opera, the Leipzig Opera House with the Gewandhausorchester, the Stuttgart State Opera, the Cologne Opera, the Opera House Bonn, as well as to Tokyo, Santiago de Chile, Mexico, Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Toulon, Catania, Verona, Helsinki just to name a few. He performs in Spain, Turkey the Netherlands, … and everywhere his “keen sense of music with Italianità” , his “truly ‘Italian’ Verdi-understanding” and his “sense of dynamic, accompaniment and independent sound language” are highly valued.

Anguélov performs at International Festivals and is much sought-after conductor for gala-concerts – with audio and TV broadcasting – with well-known soloists on themajor concert stages inEurope and overseas.

Born in Kavala/Greece, Ivan Anguélov started his musical studies at the National Music Academy in his hometown of Sofia/Bulgaria, and completed them in Moscow and Germany (with Igor Markewitch, Kyrill Kondraschin, Carlos Kleiber and Wolfgang Sawallisch). Among the many prizes and awards he won at national and international competitions, the SPECIAL PRIZE coupled with the PRINCE RAINIER III SCHOLARSHIP, in MONTE CARLO, deserves particular mention.

His various positions as Chief Conductor took Ivan Anguélov from the National Opera of Plovdiv, to Bienne and Lausanne in Switzerland, on to Bonn, and finally as GMD to the National Opera Bratislava, where he won the 1995 Furtwängler-Prize for particularly outstanding artistic achievements. He worked with directors such as Robert Carsen, Johannes Schaaf, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Richard Jones and Uwe Laufenberg, and many others.

Ivan Anguélov plays Symphony Concerts with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Moscow, Munich, Stockholm,… the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo, with which he also recorded numerous CDs, the Orchestra della RTS Italiana ( at the Lucerne Festival), the Radio Orchestras of Munich, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Sofia,… as well as with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Robert Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Rheinische Philharmonie, to name but a few.

Ivan Anguélov has a vast discography. Apart from a series of recordings with symphonic music, under his musical direction the only complete recording of Hans Werner Henze’s “Boulevard Solitude” and a complete version of Verdi´s “Il Trovatore” were released, a CD with ‘Famous Opera Choruses’ and numerous singer recitals a.o. with John Treleaven, Torsten Kerl, Susan Anthony, Lado Ataneli, Hui He,… were released.

With Robert Dean Smith and Linda Watson he recorded in 2005 the CD ‘Scenes from Tristan und Isolde’. In 2002 his recording with Robert Dean Smith (Wagners Portrait) was rewarded in France with the ‘Orphée d’Or’ - Richard Wagner Prize for the best Wagner recording of the year. Since 2005 his total recording of all symphonies from Antonin Dvorak is on the market.

2007 the conductor Ivan Anguélov was awarded in Sofia with the Honor Prize THE GOLDEN FEATHER for his contribution to Bulgarian culture.


Plovdiv Amphitheatre - Der Fliegende Holländer
A memorable premiere of Wagner's early opera, with the entire Plovdiv Opera ensemble and a bunch of wordl class soloists under the inspired and fascinating musical direction of Ivan Aguélov... The Plovdiv State Opera Orchestra is a flexible collective with beautiful sounds and a continuous homogeneity. Already before the great virtuous ouverture with its increasing drama unto the pioneering accumulation begins, one could notice the orchestra's magnificence. Outstanding, vivid strings, beautiful woods and illustrious brass. And then the noteworthy conduction of Ivan Anguélov. He perfectly knows the opera and with his clear dradramaturgical line he souvereignly supports the dictorial concept. Flexibly and precisely he accompagnies the soloists. The performance ends with a great finale, giving you goose bumps.
Stuttgart State Opera – Madama Butterfly
Sensitively, the conductor Ivan Anguélov with the Stuttgart State Orchestra works out the subtle transparency of this exotic score.The singers, formost Alexia Voulgaridou, perfectly emphasize the air at the endings of each phrase. Time and again Butterfly's melody has a very organic effect. And in this interpretation the harmonious progression in the bass line and the chord substance clearly refer to the common ground of the whole tone scale and the excessive chords. By doing so , the adapted characters are musically much better outlined as in the scenic presentation, where some of the details seem to blur. Conductor Ivan Anguélov very precisely emphasises the harmonic base of the "Butterfly" theme.
Der neue Merker
Stuttgart State Opera – Norma
With a lot of love Ivan Anguélov leaded the Stuttgart State Orchestra to a tonally warm development , savouring the heavenly Bellini inspirations and with spirited highlights. At the delicate crossing points he chrerished the singers showing perfect breath-technical consideration.
Der neue Merker
TOSCA - Royal Opera Copenhagen
With eyes wide open, we follow this revival of ' Tosca', -we are captured, not always happily, but consistently.
Of course also with the ears tuned in, and there are fine qualities to retrieve from the orchestra under the direction of conductor Ivan Anguélov.
The two choirs are excellent and conductor Ivan Anguélov takes very good care of the rich score, with its musical drama and all its sound nuances.
Skanska Dagbladet
The revival of Jossi Wieler’s and Segio Morabito’s production ended with standing ovations. For the first time, the state orchestra is directed by the conductor Ivan Anguélov. With fine tuned instinct he succeeds in balancing Puccini’s score between the orchestra and the singers. The orchestra is a perfect sound bed fore the singers, in which they can live out their belcanto skills. The choir was as always in top form, both scenically and musically. Especially Catherine Naglestad enjoys the huge freedom, Anguélov gives her.
8ung Kulturmagazin - Dorle Knapp-Klatsch


Orpheus May 2009 (deutsch)
DER NEUE MERKER July 1997 (deutsch)
Orpheus April 2000 (deutsch)
PNP, 27. July 2005 (deutsch)
Applaus, July / August 2005 (deutsch)